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DD 22 mo. - still rocking crib to sleep - need serious help

I have a 22 months old daughter, who has been rocked in her crib to sleep since birth. She still does. She still wakes up at nights 2 times, and won't go back to sleep untill i rock her crib. She's also teething - and in pain. I hope this habit will pass, but i don't know when. please help me, as i don't sleep at nights because of that, and both my arms hurt a lot because of rocking 2 times per night 1 hour per time.
I am also considering of getting pregnant again, but i can't imagine how i can make her stop her habit, and later move into a toddler bed, so that the newborn will sleep in the crib.
when i tell her "Okay, let's try to sleep without rocking," she starts crying. I want to make her stop the habit without making her cry. Please help me here...

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concerned mom

My youngest son used to like to be rocked to sleep as well. I used to have to hold him to do this. As he got older, this was hard for me b/c he was heavy. He really didn't like me sitting and rocking him or putting him in his crib and doing this.
As for the teething, it's an inevitable stage you must endure. Have you tried teething rings or a cold washcloth on the gums? You can also try Baby Ambesol. The washcloth worked best for my son. I used to wet it, then put it in the freezer. My son wld gnaw on it until he was content. We also found it was best b/c as his teeth started coming in, he wld bite through teething rings. Also, I didn't like using the Ambesol unless I absolutely had to.
Hopefully after this stage things will get better. Try putting your daughter on a schedule which may better help her sleep through the night. If you can get your daughter to nap in the afternoon, this wld be helpful as well.
As for the rocking, I think babies just like to feel comfort and security. Have you tried a swing or a ride in the car? These things always helped my kids get to sleep better. Also, a story or soft music before bed can help too.
Good luck. I remember those days and often think about them when I get the urge to have another baby. Things will get better, so hang in there. Napping while my sons napped and drinking coffee, got me through this stage and kept me functioning.